Andrew Carnegie's legacy rests on his philanthropic giving in a wide variety of areas, including peace advocacy. But Carnegie gave not only his money, but his personal energy and time to the pursuit of peace. Believing that the twentieth century would be, should be, the century in which war was abolished and disputes between nations settled by peaceable arbitration, he personally lobbied presidents of the United States and the crowned heads and government leaders of Europe to enter into agreements to submit future disputes to an international court at The Hague, in the Peace Palace which he built there. He traveled through Europe, wrote several widely distributed articles in newspapers and journals, gave dozens of speeches, hosted conferences, and used all the personal power he possessed to change the course of world history.
"A Fool for Peace" is a story of the last years of his life and his almost full-time pursuit of international peace. That he failed is no indictment of the sincerity or importance of his efforts.